Quito, December 7 (RHC) – The 18th World Festival of Youth and Students officially gets underway today, Saturday, in Ecuador with a parade of over 10,000 young people at the Bicentennial Park of the capital city, Quito.
The opening ceremony will be attended by President Rafael Correa, members of his cabinet, the mayor of Quito, Augusto Barrera, and numerous foreign dignitaries.
This year's edition is the fourth to be held in Latin America after two previous events in Cuba (1978 and 1997) and in Venezuela (2005).
This time, the youth gathering will be dedicated to the leader of the Ecuadorian Liberal Revolution, Eloy Alfaro, the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the Ghanaian independence hero, Kwame Nhkrumah.
The festival, which runs until next Friday, will have as central topics the Colombian peace negotiations, the situation of Chilean students and the Citizen Revolution in Ecuador.
Participants will also take part in the characteristic anti-Imperialist mock trial to expose and condemn the consequences of imperial activities and policies, such as the case of the U.S. oil company Chevron, which refuses to take responsibility for the massive pollution of large part of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.
The economic and political blockade imposed by the government of the United States against Cuba for over half a century will also be in the dock.
- Cuban historian: the public debate is a fundamental step in any constitutional reform process
- Cuban media follows closely the public debate on the draft Constitution
- Fidel Castro: “I'm not important. It is the six million Cubans back home that follow this visit who matter to me"
- Eusebio Leal: the public debate on the draft of constitution allows for advancing towards a stronger, more united nation
- Cuban-American: our participation in the constitutional reform process can help us find the way to talk with just one voice
- Cuban-Americans need to put pressure on their senators and congresspeople to change U.S.-policy towards Cuba
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